Adult social care rises further up national rankings to cement place among best in the country

People, Health and Care
14:26, Tuesday, 6th December 2022

The care and support for adults in North Lincolnshire who do not get it from family, friends or neighbours has been ranked among the best in the country.

This support offered by North Lincolnshire Council, the NHS and other organisations has moved into the top five nationally.

An independent survey shows people are enabled to remain safe and well, the most vulnerable residents are prioritised, people are supported to be part of their community, have a home of their own and access jobs, volunteering and social contact.

Cllr Rob Waltham, leader of North Lincolnshire Council, said: “It is great to get confirmation once again that the care and support which is available when people need it the most is held in such high regard.

“We continue to work with people to ensure they can remain independent, to keep themselves fit and active, and to get the help they need from family, friends and neighbours.

“This also shows the amazing amount of excellent care that is already provided by family and friends to keep people living independently and with a good quality of life. These amazing people often don’t get the recognition they deserve for the vital role they play in our communities.”

The findings come as part of the recent national Adult Social Care Outcome Framework (Ascof) – a survey of users and carers which compares performance with other councils in England and is independently verified by the NHS.

The position for indicators in the top quartile has improved meaning North Lincolnshire Council is in the top five of authorities in England.

Of the 26 indicators, 24 are above the England average compared to 22 in 2020/21, 23 are above the regional average and 18 are in the top quartile, compared to 15 in 2020/21.

Across the survey timescale, more than 11,000 people contacted the council for support.

Cllr Richard Hannigan, deputy leader of North Lincolnshire Council and cabinet member for adults and health, said: “These findings are excellent and a real tribute to the staff working day in, day out to support and enable people to live happy and fulfilling lives.

“We are passionately committed to helping people to remain independent and enabling them to live the life they want to live, but we all need to do more to help people help themselves.

“The findings show a dedication to prioritising the most vulnerable and keeping people safe, well and connected to their communities and it is very heartening – it gives a solid base to ensure we can enable people to further improve their quality of life – we will not be complacent and will build upon these successes.”